For my final project in my digital photography class, I decided to do a milk bath photo shoot. I found pictures on Pinterest and watched some YouTube videos and thought it looked really cool.
DISCLAIMER: I do not own the photos below, I just pulled them from Pinterest to use as an example.
In order to do the shoot, I needed some milk or half and half, flowers/fruits/sparkles to put on top, a bath tub, and a model. Originally I thought the shoot would cost anywhere between 20 to 30 dollars depending on how much the flowers would be. I tried to pick someone with preferably
really bright eyes that would pop out really well in the picture.
EQUIPMENT AND MATERIALS
For my equipment, all I used was my camera. I did not use any special lighting equipment besides what was already there in the room.
The materials I used were makeup, flowers, bath bombs, and half and half. I bought a small bouquet of flowers from Walmart for $5 and that seemed to do the trick pretty well. My sister was the model and she brought her own dress to wear. Neither of us wear a lot of makeup, so she borrowed some eye shadow pallets from a friend that was gracious enough to let us borrow from her. The bath bombs were 99 cents each and I ended up buying and using too so that the water was blue enough. One would have certainly been good enough though. And I also bought a small container of half and half. I only needed a dash of it though. A little bit goes a very long way with milk baths. Overall, I ended up not spending more than $10 on the whole shoot.
When I first started my camera settings weren’t quite right. I had my shutter speed really slow from another project I was working on before. It ended up looking cool, but not quite what I was going for...
Once I got my settings right, I had my ISO at 100, my shutter speed at ¼, and my aperture was automatic. My camera was in shutter priority mode.
I had a window nearby that brought a little bit of natural light in, but it was mostly a very yellow-ish light from the bathroom. I didn't get a picture of the light source itself but you can tell. in the photos of the tiles where it is coming from.
The photoshoot was indoors so the weather and lighting outside did not matter much, but it was a nice warm day outside. It was in the afternoon just before the sun started to set.
COLOR CORRECTED PHOTO
I wanted to emphasize the blues and reds more, but personally I thought it looked better more subtle with her green eyes. During editing, I was really wishing I had used colors that made her green eyes pop more, but I was limited with the color bath bombs available. (If you scroll down to the bottom, you will see another way I edited the photos. I used a more yellow tone and didn't pull the blues out at first).
Once I color corrected the picture, I just kind of touched up her makeup a bit, and covered up some very minor blemishes on her face. I tried to keep the editing pretty minimal though.
My biggest challenge was just finding a location. Since I live on campus, I do not have access to a bathtub in my residence hall. I have a few friends who live off campus, but it was a bit difficult trying to schedule with different people during dead week before finals. Thankfully, I was finally able to work out something with one of my friends.
Overall, it was a really fun shoot and I ended up with a lot of cool pictures I liked. Not to discount, now I can check a milk bath photoshoot off of my bucket list.
I don’t think I would change anything except maybe have my model wear more waterproof makeup. The mascara I used on her started to rub off towards the end so I had to photoshop it out. I think also at the beginning I had the bathtub too full so we had to drain it out a bit.
I also would definitely try to find a bigger bathtub, because it was a bit hard for my sister to fit in the one we used. It was a half-sized bathtub so she was pretty scrunched up. I did really like the teal tiles in the room, I did not plan on it but it really went along well with the blue eye makeup and the blue bath bombs I brought.